Your first November round-up of reads
"Brace for impact," perfectly teases Washington Post's Brian Fung, tweeting the universe-altering news that there's a "Star Trek" TV series in the works (at 6,000+ very enthusiastic shares so far). Freelance journalist Karl Bode pleads, "don'tsuckdon'tsuckdon'tsuckdon'tsuckdon'tsuck." The news invoked a mix of reactions from journalists who count themselves as fans, of course. "The good news is that Brannon Braga’s name is not in the Star Trek series announcement. Cautious optimism," reacts Aaron Weiss at E.W. Scripps. "Star Trek back to TV in 2017: interesting. Kurtzman attached: worrisome," comes the response from TIME's Matt Peckham. There were plenty of recommendations bandied about, too. "My ideal Star Trek series would be a 10- or 12-episode cable series, set after DS9/Voyager," shares Washingtonian's Benjamin R. Freed. "I have lots of ideas if anyone at CBS wants to hear them," offers Alex Knapp from Forbes. Plenty of time for that, as the series isn't set to premiere until January 2017. It also comes with a catch: a cost of $6 a month for CBS "All Access" to watch online. So, the new #StarTrek will only be available to watch digitally? Talk about a missed opportunity," laments TouchVision TV's Beth Elderkin.
Know what else is under intense scrutiny today? China’s covert global radio network. "Live from DC on your AM dial, it's Chinese regime propaganda. Cool expose by Reuters," praises Joe Tanfani of the LA Times. Speaking of exposés, check out this one from the Guardian on trafficked migrant workers abused in the Irish fishing industry. Meanwhile, the New York Times reveals how fake cover letters are uncovering discrimination against disabled individuals. "Monday gets more depressing: study shows employers still discriminate against qualified but disabled job applicants," explains Adweek's Robert Klara. Plus, here's what we know so far about the Russian plane crash in Egypt. "Curious: How does Metrojet rule out Egypt crash human error or technical fault if they have not read black boxes?" asks CNN's Richard Allen Greene.
And today we are reflecting on the life and legacy of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who has died at 73. "Wow! Fred Thompson's obit is seriously interesting. RIP. You stood up for transparent government!" reflects Denver Post's Dana Coffield.